12 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Learn about the 12 Signs of the Chinese Zodiac and your own

The 12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac

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> Rat

> Ox

> Tiger

> Rabbit

dragon.gif snake.gif horse.gif

> Dragon

> Snake

> Horse

> Goat

monkey.gif rooster.gif rooster.gif pig.gif

> Monkey

> Rooster

> Dog

> Pig

How old is the Chinese Zodiac?

The Chinese Zodiac is thousands of years old and easily predates its Western counterpart. Even today, millions of believers across the globe consult the Chinese Zodiac regularly.

Is the Chinese Zodiac base on the months of the year?

While Western Astrology is based upon the months of the year, Chinese Astrology is based upon a twelve year lunar cycle.

What detrmine my Chinese sign or animal?

Your sign is determined by the year in which you were born (to be accurate you must use a Chinese calendar). Each sign and those born under it, are represented by one of twelve animals, and are ascribed a set of attributes the Chinese believe comprise the nature of each particular animal.

How were chosen the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac?

Legend has it the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac were chosen by Buddha. When Buddha was near death he invited all the animals to visit him. Only 12 came: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

For visiting him, Buddha honored each by using them to represent the 12 phases of the Zodiac.

What about the compatibility of the Chinese signs for lovrs, friends or partners?

One of the most interesting uses of the Chinese Zodiac is exploring the compatibility of signs. That is, which duos will make good lovers? friends? partners?

Use our tool to discover how different signs match, to find your sign, or to learn more about any of the 12 signs.

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